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The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer: The Yellow "M" v. 1 (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) Paperback – 11 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Cinebook Ltd; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190546021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905460212
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 0.5 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Caspar on 7 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully nostalgic adventure that cavorts around London in the 1950's. The clear line developed by Herge is in evidence in this work by Edgar P Jacbs who also worked on Tintin. Being originally printed in the Tintin magazine it has a similar pace and regular cliff-hanger to fit in with that publication. The drama is very tangible and more real than in Herge's work and the draftsmanship is splendid.

There were many adventures in this series (some continued after Jacob's death) and they make a great read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Wareham on 18 Nov. 2009
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This is commonly regarded as Edgar P. Jacobs best work, another reviewer describes it as being dated, and yes it is definately of its time, but this is no bad thing. It has the look and feel of a 1930's B/W thriller, The comparisons to Herge are obvious, Jacobs worked with Herge during the Second World War, and essentially taught Herge how to use colour (the pre-war Tintin books were originally b/w). (The 2 men eventually fell out when Jacobs demanded a joint credit for "Prisoners of the Sun" at which point he went his own way and started Blake and Mortimer) Jacobs skills with colour comes through in "The Yellow M", it is strong and rich, pages 27-30 illustrates this perfectly. He is also an excellent artist, like Herge he uses the ligne claire style (my personal favorite style of Bande Dessinee), he also shares Herge desire for perfection, just look at frame 2, pg 14, anyone living in London will know thats Fleet St instantly, you could easily find the exact point that that picture is based in 2009.

As other reviewers have said, this work lacks humour, when you combine this with Jacobs willingness to include lots of dialogue, with huge text boxes, it becomes a bit of a slow read. Herge always did this better providing interesting supporting characters,(i.e. pg 23-24 of "The Red Sea Sharks", where Herge does a massive info dump, made paletable by the humour of Captain Haddock struggling to stay awake). This is all the more important when you consider that both artists use a bland leading character so that the reader can put themselves into the adventure, regardless of their own personal background. "The Yellow M" suffers from having 3 bland leading charactors, Blake, Mortimer and Kendall, and this makes the storytelling a little dry (the excessive use of narrative text boxes adds to this).

Nevertheless despite these criticsms, this is an essential purchase for any Bande Dessinee collection and a rollicking good adventure story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elby on 14 Feb. 2007
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It's so great to see these classic stories by E.P. Jacobs in English again. Jacobs work wonderfully combines the old-fashioned detective story with science fiction. The Yellow M is one of his best, with a particularly interesting antagonist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 20 Aug. 2008
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I have try for years to read an album of Blake and Mortimer, the series of comic books made by E.P. Jacobs, a disciple of Herge who worked on Tintin as well. Unfortunately, they are very difficult to find outside continental Europe. I finally got hold of the Yellow Mark (considered one of their best books), and it was even better than I expected, with the story of Professor Philip Mortimer and Captain Francis Blake pursuing a mysterious criminal who mystifies Scotland Yard with its spectacular exploits like robbing the imperial crown, with its good mix of fantasy, action and and suspense, its period ambience (this book was written in the early fifties), its London settings. I certainly would be interested on reading more books of B&M (specially from the early period).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Richardson on 14 Feb. 2009
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One of Blake and Mortimer's earlier adventures, a little confusingly Cinebook have called this number 1 but it refers to the Mystery of the Great Pyramid in it which are books 2 and 3. Very good stuff though. lovely drawings of London in the 50's
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Jun. 2010
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Originally I rated this book with 2 stars. I think the story and the artwork are wonderful but the book fell to pieces before I had finished reading it. However, I emailed Cinebook and they respond immediately (even though it was a Saturday) and replaced the book free of charge. I think that is good service and that my original rating deserves to be changed. The Yellow M is a good read and I am looking forward to increasing my collection of Blake and Mortimer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bouzillard on 4 Oct. 2009
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This is a masterpiece - subtle combination of science fiction and police drama, set in 1950s london and the source of inspiration for many comic artists. Like Herge's, Jabobs' comics are timeless and appeal to a broad public - and will do so for many years to come.
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By Historia on 25 April 2014
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This old-fashioned cartoon detective strip was wolfed down by my 9 year old who has grown up on the original Tintin strips. I feel the request for more of these stories coming on in time for the Summer holiday reading.
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